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Natalie Maines Wanted To Be Madonna Not A Dixie Chick

( Last month, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines released her first solo album. Titled Mother and coproduced by Maines and Ben Harper, it is an album of (mostly) covers, including the title track (from Pink Floyd's The Wall). And while the music does exhibit some rootsy and/or folksy characteristics, it is also deliberately not a country album.

"I really just wanted this to be fun," Maines told Rolling Stone about the project in a recent interview, "and there were so many songs I've always wanted to sing. And that could go on forever. I could have a hundred covers albums."

Though she is the daughter of Lloyd Maines, a noted steel guitar player and producer who played with Texas legends the Flatlanders and helped shape the modern alt-country sound, she did not share his taste in music.

Instead, she preferred Michael Jackson, Carly Simon, or the Grease soundtrack. "I had never bought a country album in my life, or even listened to one all the way through," she says. "Growing up, I thought I was going to be Madonna. I wanted to be a pop star."

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